A man was accused on Monday of fleeing from officers at speeds nearing 100 mph in downtown Billings and nearly crashing into several other vehicles over the weekend.
Richard Daniel White, 28, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail and was charged by Judge David Carter with three felony counts of criminal endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence.
Carter set White's bond at $15,000 and ordered him to appear in District Court on April 18.
Charging documents state that a bystander flagged down a Billings police officer near a downtown bar on North Broadway on April 12 and told him that the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck that was driving away had assaulted a woman inside the bar.
The officer turned around and, while at the intersection of Sixth Avenue North and North Broadway, saw the pickup turn south onto North 29th Street. When he tried to stop the pickup, it sped off and reached speeds of as much as 100 mph in the downtown area, the affidavit states.
The officer stopped chasing the truck and, a short time later, it nearly struck another officer's patrol car on South 29th Street, the affidavit states. A third officer estimated the pickup was traveling at 80 mph at the time and watched it drive into South Park and weave through trees and over sidewalks, according to charging documents.
Yet another officer then saw the driver, later identified as White, get out of the pickup on the 400 block of South 30th Street and took him into custody after a short foot chase, the affidavit states.
Three witnesses along the route the pickup took told police later that it almost struck them. One man said that it passed by and nearly hit him as he stepped onto North 29th while two more said that the pickup almost crashed into their vehicle head-on as the pickup drove the wrong way down North 29th Street, according to the charging documents.
The arresting officer reported that White smelled strongly of alcohol and that his speech was slurred. Charging documents say White refused to perform sobriety tests or submit a breath sample and that an officer received a telephonic warrant and took a sample of his blood, which was sent to the state crime lab for testing.